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It really, really sucks to be Silhouette Guy.

Man, I don't know if you've noticed, but Silhouette Guy is always getting the short end of the stick. Electrocuted, drowned, stuck in powered gates, scratched by a falcon with "envenom'd talons", dumped in a pit of lime; that poor bastard just can't win. I'm not gonna lie, though, I do wish they'd put one of these signs up by the trolley tracks downtown. Silhouette Guy, I salute your brave and noble sacrifice.

Hopefully, if you're reading this, you're actually looking for the right Matt Gracie, the one from Buffalo by way of Rochester, NY. Freakishly tall, possibly on a bicycle? That's me. Spinning records at a dance club in Toronto? That would be this guy. See, it's easy to tell, because I'd rather remove my own spleen with a meat hook than use the phrase "Sugga Daddy".

Anyway, just to get things out of the way ahead of time, I know that the only reason I ever bother going to personal web pages is to see what people look like. So here's some snaps from the last few years:
And that just about does it for pictoral evidence. As you can see, I've looked about the same for the last ten years, aside from seasonal changes in the length of my kudzu-like facial hair. After a decade of trying, I can finally grow a beard! Woo-hoo!

I'm currently employed by the ITS department at Canisius College, a medium-sized Jesuit college here in Buffalo, NY. My area of personal and professional interest is Unix systems, and I was hired as the second caretaker for the Apple systems on the Canisius campus. A couple of years ago I moved out of desktop support and became Information Security Administrator; essentially, the network security and defense goon. I keep the bad guys out of our stuff.

(We now interrupt for a commercial message: I also run a small side business as a network and security consultant. If you're looking for someone to audit your network or train your employees, click here for details.)

I love classic cars, and I've got a 1977 AMC Matador Coupe that I tinker with once in a while. I'm a year-round cycle commuter, since I live in the Parkside neighborhood in the middle of Buffalo and I can reach just about anywhere on my bike. I read a lot, write a bit, and even do some coding. So far as I can tell, I'm one of the very few computer nerds who loves American Football (Go Bills!).

If you would like to send me a message, try contact@roadflares.org. Or, if you crave a more interactive experience, try posting a comment on my blog.